This weekend, some of the top college bowling teams in the country will descend upon Millsboro Lanes for the annual University of Maryland–Eastern Shore Hawk Classic tournament.
The 18-team field will feature local teams including UMES and Delaware State University. Also in attendance will be the 2017 NCAA national champions from Vanderbilt University, as well as last year’s Hawk Classic champs from Sam Houston State University.
Other teams participating this year include Caldwell University, Coppin State, Duquesne University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kutztown University, Lincoln Memorial University, Long Island University–Brooklyn, Monmouth University, Mount St. Mary’s University, North Carolina A&T, Sacred Heart University, St. Francis College, Tulane University and Youngstown State.
The action will get under way on Friday, Nov. 15, at Millsboro Lanes, which is located at 213 Mitchell St. in Millsboro.
Local bowlers qualify for nationals
On Nov. 4, Millsboro Lanes held their first Junior Gold Qualifier tournament, featuring 29 bowlers between two divisions. The participants were competing for a chance to earn a spot to go to the Junior Gold National Championships, being held in Detroit, Mich., in July 2019.
In the U17/U20 Division, Jacob Wilson (Millsboro Lanes) finished first, to earn a spot to nationals. In the U12/U15 Division, Abigail Justice (Milford Lanes) finished first, to earn herself a spot in nationals.
Spots open for youth bowlers
The Millsboro Lanes Fall Youth League held their annual Halloween party at the end of October. Prizes were awarded for best-dressed pair, as well as most creative costumes.
The Lanes’ October Youth Bowlers of the Month were also recently named. Those being recognized included Frank Bunting IV (Junior League), Evan Forjan (Prep League) and Bailey Neilander (Bantam League).
The Lanes are still looking to fill some spots on teams with new bowlers. They currently have openings for youth ages 4-19. Their league features 12 coaches who work with the youth each Saturday to help improve their game.
During the second half of the season, the Lanes will be awarding more than $1,000 in scholarships within their league, and new bowlers who join would be eligible for some of those scholarships. There are also opportunities for bowlers to compete for even more scholarships in tournaments in the area as members of the Millsboro league.
By Jason Feather